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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.

DPPL 104: The Crib

Saint Francis often gets credit for the crib or crèche, presumably inclusive of the cast of supporting characters. This is an element of popular piety that reaches well beyond Catholicism. 104. As is well known, in addition to the representations … Continue reading

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What Does It Mean To Be A Christian?

Our friend Max returns with a series of questions. Those, plus my responses, seemed to merit a separate post. What does it mean to be ‘Christian’? Being nice? Being a generally forgiving person? Handling people with care and love despite … Continue reading

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The Synod Fathers Speak 7: The Domestic Church

That term, domestic church, is thrown about quite a bit. What does that mean? A house in which a biological family prays? A subunit of the parish? A privilege of marriage, but what about baptism? This journey is sometimes a mountainous … Continue reading

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Music From Jordi Savall

Readers here know of my love of early music. This concert was broadcast on a French tv network and brings about fifty minutes of delightful ensemble work from one of my favorite musicians, Jordi Savall.

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The Synod Fathers Speak 6: Generativity

We continue with the so-called “short” document from the synod. It is online is here, in English. In today’s paragraph, the bishops get it, and don’t buy in totally to the meme of Catholic laity as breeding stock: This love spreads through … Continue reading

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Theology of the Body Stands at the Door, Knocks

George Weigel, among others, is miffed that Theology of the Body wasn’t invited to the synod: It’s also disconcerting that John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, which is the Church’s best answer to that challenge, seemed to have been … Continue reading

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DPPL 103: The Christmas Novena

Another Christmas novena is here, if you want to get an idea of how they are viewed in the popular imagination. The several I viewed online to prepare these comments were less Advent observances than Christmas ones. What the Church … Continue reading

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